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Business leaders come together to discuss future of the Gold Coast

High profile business leaders have put their heads together in a bid to propel the Gold Coast to world-class status.

On Wednesday, Mayor Tom Tate joined entertainment guru Tony Cochrane, Queensland Airports CEO Chris Mills, co-owner of the Gold Coast Titans Rebecca Frizelle and an array of other influential Gold Coasters to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the city.

Gold Coast Bulletin editor Rachel Hancock told myGC the roundtable luncheon was a chance to discuss how the city needs to innovate and evolve to reach its potential.

“We all talk about wanting the Gold Coast to be a better place to live, to work, to have tourists come in – but I feel like we don’t all actually work together,” she said.

“We just wanted to get some of the key business leaders to come together and look at a real platform for the next 10 years.”

One of the key issues discussed was the city’s infrastructure, including the necessity for construction of Light Rail Stage 3A to get underway.

Despite the project still being at the centre of a funding stoush, Mayor Tom Tate told myGC there’s no reason why they can’t start construction now and sort out the funding shortfall later.

“We should start the project now because it’s not going to be finished for 18 months, ” he said. “So, until the bill has to be paid in 18 months, let’s get on with it.

“In other words, put your order in at the restaurant, we’ll split the bill later and at the very least, the children are hungry, let’s get on with it.”

Queensland Airports CEO Chris Mills also backed calls to extend the light rail to Gold Coast Airport as soon as possible.

Construction of a new hotel at the airport and the expansion of the terminal is underway as part of a $500 million master plan.

“For us, with that level of investment, we need to make sure we have a great connection to the airport and a great experience for people coming through,” Mr Mills said.

“People visiting the Gold Coast want a seamless experience, so for us that’s the light rail.”

“It’s not just for tourists, it’s for locals too and for future generations, that’s why getting in now, getting the infrastructure in place now means we don’t have to retrofit something when it’s too late.”

Other areas explored during the roundtable discussion included population, housing, water, tourism and education.

Highlights from the conversation will now form the basis for the Gold Coast Bulletin’s Future Gold Coast campaign that will run in the paper and online from September 2-14, culminating in an event with keynote speaker Bernard Salt on Thursday September 12.


Gold Coast skipper was fooling around with woman when luxury yacht crashed

It’s been revealed a Gold Coast skipper was fooling around with a deck hand when the luxury yacht he was operating crashed into another boat.

The 46-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of recklessly contravening his duty to ensure safety in Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

The collision happened near Steiglitz, on the northern Gold Coast, just after midnight in March last year.

According to Newscorp, the yacht was making its way back from a charter on the Brisbane River, when the skipper and deck hand allegedly became intimate.

The crash caused $140,000 damage to the vessel and took four weeks to repair.

Yesterday, the man was fined $4000 and placed on a good behaviour bond for two years.

The woman will face court in December charged with risking a person’s safety on a domestic commercial vessel.

Concerns for man missing from Logan

Police are appealing for help to find a man who has been missing from Marsden since Tuesday.

Alex Bradford was last seen leaving a home on Dayana Street around 11.20am, however has not been heard from since.

Concerns are being held for the 36-year-old, as family say his disappearance is out of character.

Alex is believed to be travelling in a white 2017 Holden Captiva with QLD registration S4F35T. It is possible he may be in the Willowbank area.

He is described as Caucasian, around 180cm tall with a large build, brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who may have seen Alex or the vehicle described is urge to contact police.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Grass Fire

Planned burns shroud northern Gold Coast in smoke

Residents on the northern Gold Coast have woken to the smell of smoke as a result of a number of planned burns in the area.

A large back-burning project is currently underway in the Nerang National Park and Nerang State Forest as crews try to prepare for the fire season.

The burn started on Tuesday 30 July and is expected to continue until this Friday, 16 August, weather permitting.

It’s part of the annual hazard reduction management program for parks and forests.

“These burns are being undertaken to protect life and property in the event of a wildfire,” the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service said.

Locals in Nerang, Mount Nathan, Clagiraba, Guanaba, Maudsland and Pacific Pines are being warned not to be alarmed if they see or smell smoke.

Anyone with a respriatory or other health problems are being urged to seek medical advice on the effects of smoke inhalation.

Crews have also undertaken a small back burning project near Dreamworld, in Upper Coomera, overnight.

Smoke may be seen by motorists travelling on the Pacific Motorway in the area.

We’re being encouraged to drive with caution and to conditions.

WATCH: Vision released as Police hunt man, woman over M1 car jacking

Police have released vision of a man and woman wanted over a car jacking and attempted car jackings on Friday.

A silver Ford Falcon was spotted driving dangerously in the southbound lanes of the M1 at Burleigh when it suddenly stopped in front of a black BMW.

The vision shows the man and woman attempting to gain entry into the BMW but were unsuccessful.

The driver of the BMW evaded them and drove off.

The pair is also accused of trying to confront another driver with a weapon on the M1 without success.

A short time later they forced a 67-year-old woman out of her car near the Palm Beach exit.

The vehicle is a black Mazda CX3 with New South Wales registration DSE-11Z.

Police are appealing for anyone who knows the whereabouts of the man and woman to come forward.

They’ve also renewed their appeal for anyone with dashcam footage of any of the incidents to contact them.



If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.